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Conclusion 2:  As we mentioned last week, only the prophets and apostles are given a specific task or assignment
from God.

I want to clarify that a prophet is different from a person who has the gift of prophecy.  If you have the
gift of prophecy, it doesn’t mean you are a prophet.

A prophet is the chief spokesman of a movement or cause that comes from God.  A prophet sometimes
foretells the future- what God is going to do or what his plans are.

A person who practices the gift of prophecy, gives words of strengthening, encouragement and com-
fort.  They may see a vision or have a strong impression to deliver words of encouragement to people in the
church.  Prophecy is random as needed for people in need.

Next week, we will start reading about the history of the Old Testament.  We will quickly look at how we went from
Adam to Jesus.  One of the subjects we will examine is “Did Adam and Eve’s children commit incest in order to
populate the world?”

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Conclusion 1:  Based on scripture, only the prophets and apostles are given a specific task or assignment
by God.  Prophets are chosen when God has a specific cause or movement to take place.  This person will be the
chief spokesman for God.  Apostles are chosen when God wants to initiate a moral reform or important belief, a
way of thinking.  All other Christians do not have a task or assignment that comes from God.

God does call all people to salvation through a relationship with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Through this relationship, believers are called to pray and praise the Lord.  Believers are called to have
joy and give thanks in all circumstances.  Believers are called to live a quiet life and be humble,
gentle and patient.  Above all, believers are called to deeply love each other.

Each believer should discover their spiritual gifts, using their gifts to serve others in a way that
honors God.  Always remember, your gifts are useless if not accompanied by love.

How you serve the Lord with your gifts is totally your choice.  Once you have decided, God will give you
the desires of your heart by guiding your steps.  Of course, if there are special circumstances, like pending danger,
God may warn you or guide you away from that choice.

Next week, Conclusion 2.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Mission 11

Posted: June 9, 2016 in Mission

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This week let’s read another scripture that many Christians mistakenly use as proof that God has a specific task or
assignment for all people.

Luke 22:42  “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me;  yet not my will, but yours be done.”

After examining this scripture in its context, we discover that Jesus is praying to God the Father.  Jesus was feeling
weary and distressed about the task ahead of him.  He was to give his life for the sins of the world.

Let’s red the very next scripture.

Luke 22:43-44  An angel from heaven appeared to him (Jesus) and strengthened him.  And being in anguish, he
(Jesus) prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

In it’s context, we see that the phrase “yet not my will, but yours be done” is specifically referring to Jesus
and his prayer to the Father.  God’s will was for Jesus to physically suffer and die on the cross, receiving
the penalty for mankind’s sin.  This is not Gods will for all believers.  This scripture is not referring to all people.

Next week, we will sum up what we’ve read in Conclusion 1.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Welcome and thanks for reading.  Last week we read that there are a few times when God calls people to a
specific task or assignment.  These people are set apart as prophets and apostles.

Let’s review a scripture that Christians mistakenly use as proof that God has a specific task or assignment for all
people.

Psalms 32:8  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;  I will counsel and watch
over you.

After examining this scripture in its context, Psalms 32 is a dialogue between God and King David.  In
Psalms 32:7, David says “You are my hiding place, you will protect me from trouble and surround me
with songs of deliverance.  In Psalms 32:8, God responds to David “I will instruct you and teach you
in the way you should go;  I will counsel you and watch over you.”

Psalms 32:8 does NOT refer to all people.  This scripture is pointed at King David.  God choose David and
his dynasty to be his royal representatives.  He was the Lord’s servant.  God anointed David and
adopted him as his royal “son” to rule in his name.  Through him, God made his people “the Israelites”
secure in the promised land and subdued all the powers that threatened them.  David was a PROPHET.

As we mentioned above, only a few people have a specific task or assignment set out by God.  These
people are set apart as PROPHETS AND APOSTLES.

Next week, we will read another scripture that confuses Christians concerning God’s plan for all people.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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We have read that when you figure out your natural gifts, whatever you do with your natural gifts is up to
you.  You have a choice.  Once you have decided, God will direct your steps to give you the desires of your
heart.

This leads us to the following questions.  Are there times in history when God called certain people to a specific
task or assignment?  Who are they?

Amos 3:7  Surely the sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.

Jeremiah 1:5  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;  I appointed
as a prophet to the nations.

When God has a specific plan, he chooses people to act as prophets.  When revealing the mystery of
Christ Jesus, he choose twelve apostles.

Ephesians 3:5   … the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has been
revealed by his Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.

Throughout history, when God has a specific plan or assignment, a movement, he chooses a person or per-
sons to act as a prophet or prophets.  When God wants to initiate a moral reform or important belief, a
new way of thinking, he chooses a person or persons to act as an apostle or apostles.

For example, God chose the Prophet Moses to free the Israelite slaves.  He chose the Prophet Joshua to lead the
Israelites into the promised land.  He chose the Prophet Jeremiah to preach repentance and announce the destruc-
tion of the kingdom of Judah for their wickedness.  He chose Mary to give birth to Jesus Christ.  He chose the
Apostle John to baptize and make way for the arrival of Jesus.  He choose the Apostle Paul to write and teach
about justification by faith and not by works, and the reconciliation of all men.  His letters became many of the
book in the New Testament.

Next week, we will read a scripture that confuses many Christians concerning God’s plan for all people.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

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Last week we read that you should discover your spiritual gifts.  Afterward, whatever you do with your gifts is up
to you.  Once you have decided how to use your gifts, God will give you the desires of your heart.

Let’s continue reading.

Psalms 37:23  If the Lord delights in a mans way, he makes his path straight.

Proverbs 16:9  In his heart a man plans his coarse, but the Lord determines his steps.

Proverbs 19:24  A mans steps are directed by the Lord.  How can anyone understand his way.

These three verses suggest that you can choose your coarse to serve God and he will direct your steps to
make your hearts desire come true.

To review, it is important to figure out your natural gifts.  Whatever you do with your gifts is up to you.  Once
you have decided how to use your gifts, God will direct your steps to give you the desires of your heart.  For
example, if your natural gift is teaching, you can teach in Sunday school, or teach by writing a book, or teach in a
summer camp, or teach on the mission field, etc.  The choice is yours.  Once you have decided, God will help
guide your steps to give you the desires of your heart.

Many Christians deeply struggle with Gods calling for their life.  Sometimes they believe God is leading them this
way.  Sometimes they believe God is leading them that way.  They become confused.  This is because God doesn’t
micro manage your life.  You can do anything, anywhere at any time.  You will be more effective and enjoy
your work more if you discover your natural gifts first.  Then use your gifts to do anything, anywhere at
any time.  God will always be with you, departing wisdom along the way.

Just as we discovered in the category “Specific Mate,”  you have a choice.

Next week, we will read if there are a special few people who have a specific task set out by God?

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Last week we read some tips to discover your spiritual gifts.  I suggested taking the “Spiritual Gifts Test” at
http://www.kodachrome.org/spiritgift/     This test might help you discover your best giftings or just might nail your
top gift.

After you have discovered your spiritual gifts, does God have a specific way or place to use your gifts?

Colossians 3:17  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:23  Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

Proverbs 16:3  Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.

These three verses suggest that whatever you do to serve the Lord is up to you.

Psalms 37:4  Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalms 20:4  May he give you the desires of your heart and may all your plans succeed.

These verses suggest that God will give you the desires of your heart.

To sum up, after you have discovered your spiritual gifts, whatever you do with your gifts is up to you.  Once
you have decided how to use your gifts, God will give you the desires of your heart.

Next week, we will continue with this unique relationship between man and God.  We will briefly read how God
gives you the desires of your heart.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff